Abolitionists, Prophets & Liberators: Levi Coffin was a Quaker merchant and farmer in Richmond, Indiana and is often called the “President of the Underground Railroad.” His home, now a state historic site and national landmark, was built with hiding places for up to 14 escaped slaves; he may have helped up to 3000 of them. He later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, an even more strategic location right across the Ohio River from slaveholding Kentucky. He and his wife Catherine are probably the sympathetic White characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” She too lived in Cincinnati and was friends with the Coffins.

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